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 New CAB Leadership Team Meets

February 21, 2007 - The Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation’s new Leadership Team, a group of parents, educators and others charged with gathering community input and making recommendations to the school board, recently held their first meeting.

“I think it went fairly well,” CAB Superintendent David McGuire said of the group’s February 7 meeting. “We had, I think, twenty-three people there that night, which, considering (the weather) was … really miserable night, I felt pretty good about that.”

Speaking to The Banner last week, McGuire, who announced plans to form the team last month, said his role with respect to the group will be to act as a facilitator. He said he expects the actual leadership to come from the team.

“What I’ve told them is that I won’t lead it,” McGuire said. “I will facilitate it. … I gave them material to read, basically, with the expectation that they become the experts on school improvement.” McGuire said he believed most of those who attended last week’s meeting were genuinely interested and will remain involved. “And, hopefully,” he said, “they’re going to recruit others.”

One parent who attended the meeting and plans to remain involved is Jill Null, a parent with children at Knightstown High School and Knightstown Intermediate School. “I was extremely impressed,” Null told The Banner. “I think it’s an initiative that’s long overdue in this community.”

Null commended McGuire for his decision to form the Leadership Team. “He seemed to have a genuine desire to reach out to all of us and set goals that are consistent with what the folks in the community actually want,” she said, adding that she felt that was not always the case in the past.

“I think there’s a history of disconnect,” said Null. “I was real impressed that Dr. McGuire seems to be committed to overcoming that. Hopefully, we can all work together to formulate some goals that we can actually translate into action. That’s the test of the whole thing.”

The Leadership Team’s next meeting will be Wednesday, March 7. A subcommittee that will deal with issues involving gifted and talented students is scheduled to meet from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.

Although he was pleased with the turnout at the February 7 meeting, McGuire said he hopes that the team’s membership will continue to grow. “Actually, we’re aiming for a community meeting for next fall that will involve as many people as possible,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll fill the gym with folks and get them started on subcommittees … to gather information about our strengths and weaknesses.”



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